Want to get away without spending a lot? Check out these affordable Georgia vacation spots that are great for families. They’re small on price and big on fun!
The Golden Isles of Georgia — St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island — offer breathtaking views, rich history and energizing recreation. St. Simons Island captivates visitors with remarkable beauty and fascinating history. Lovely beaches and historic remnants of bygone eras, including the Bloody March Battle Site. Little St. Simons Island is only reached by boat. Its 10,000 acres of maritime forests and tidal creeks and miles of shell-strewn beaches remain untouched, offering a rich, natural environment for a host of outdoor recreational activities and relaxation. Jekyll Island is located southernmost of the Golden Isles. It is home to a splendidly restored historic district and 10 miles of golden-sand beaches. Activities on Jekyll Island include the Clam Creek picnic area, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Sea Turtle Walks, Horton House, Island History Center and the Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District..
US Hwy 17 and St. Simons Island (F.J. Torras) Causeway, Brunswick, GA 31520. Hours and admission vary by attraction.
The mountain is located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty and features a large variety of fun family activities. Visitors can hike the mountain to the top through a guided, roped-off trail or opt for the Summit Skyride. This high speed Swiss cable car provides a stunning view of the Confederate memorial carving as it transports you more than 825 feet above the ground to the top of Stone Mountain. At the end of every night, Stone Mountain is transformed into a natural amphitheater with their Lasershow Spectacular. This signature event combines colorful lasers, surround sound and special effects into a 40 minute light shows, precisely choreographed to music. A grand finale of fireworks bids guests farewell for the evening leaving them with a day full of fun and memories. Other attractions include Camp Highland Outpost, Journey to the Center of the Earth 4D film featuring Brendan Frasier, Ride the Ducks, Discovering Stone Mountain Museum at Memorial Hall, Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard and the Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf. Yearly events include the Yellow Daisy Festival, Pumpkin Festival, Stone Mountain Christmas and many others. Stone Mountain is also home to Georgia’s largest campground with over 400 sites for everything from full size RV’s to tents.
1000 Robert E Lee Drive, Atlanta, GA 30083. Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6AM – Midnight, Attraction Hours Vary. Admission: Members Free, Non-Member Adults (12+) $27, Seniors/Military (does not specify age for Seniors) $24, Children (ages 2 – 11) $21 and Children under 2 free.
At 283 acres, this is the largest regional theme park in the southeast. In fact, they have some of the fastest, tallest, widest rides in the country, including a few record breakers. Their thrill rides include Batman: The Ride, Superman: Ultimate Flight, Acrophobia, Dahlonega Mine Train, Fearless Freeps Dare Devil Skycoaster, Georgia Skyclone, Goliath, Mind Bender, Ninja, the Georgia Scorcher, and the Great American Scream Machine. They also offer family rides including Carrot Patch, Monster Mansion, Peachtree Square Sky Buckets, Shake Rattle & Roll, Thunder River, Toro Toro and Wheelie. Think that’s it? Nope! Thrill seekers come in all sizes, so head over to one of two playfully themed children’s areas in Thomas Town and Bugs Bunny World. Here your little one can enjoy rides that spin, fly and take them on magical journeys that are perfect for their height and age. They can enjoy these rides on their own or with parents. Your little one is sure to enjoy the Convoy Grande, Dodge City Bumper Cars, Fiesta Wheel, Gotham City Crime Wave, Hanson Cars, Lickskillet Sky Buckets, Little Aviator, Log Jamboree, Marthasville Railroad Station, Rabun Gap Railroad Station, Rockin’ Tug, Santa Maria, Skull Island, Splash Water Falls, The Riverview Carousel, Thomas the Tank Engine, Thomas Town Playground, Thomas Town Soft Play Area, Tweety’s Swing, Tweety’s Tree House, Up Up and Away and Wile E Coyote Canyon Blaster.
275 Riverside Parkway, Austell, GA 30168. Hours: Admission: Adults (48″ and over) $29.99, Children (48″ and under) $29.99 and Children under 2 free.
If you’re near Savannah, Georgia or looking to visit there on your next staycation, don’t miss City Market: The Heart and Soul of Savannah. The historic City Market has seen many changes over the years. The market began in 1755 and was Savannah’s social and commercial center of life. Farmers and fisherman brought their crops and fresh seafood, horses pulled wagons filled with watermelon and okra, barbers trimmed hair and others brought their special crafts to the market. People came to meet, to do business and to talk of the day’s events. Don’t pass up the chance to take a horse drawn carriage ride with the Plantation Carriage Company, as they introduce you to all Savannah and City Market have to offer.
Jefferson at West Saint Julian St, Savannah, GA 31401. Hours: Vary by Business. Admission: free.
On your next trip to Savannah, don’t miss the Paula Deen Tour offered by Old Savannah Tours or a chance to dine at Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons! Paula’s “rags to fiches” story will both inspire and entertain you. Old Savannah Tours will not only share Paula’s life with you, but places she likes to visit in Savannah as well. You’ll be able to stop and shop at these very same places. Other tour companies do not offer this same perk. They will share with you where she started and the places that helped her in the beginning of her success. I love how she has not forgotten about these places. Old Savannah Tours exclusive tour includes a gift bag full of goodies and lunch at Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House. The VIP Pass allows you to call ahead of time to make reservations for lunch or dinner. Speaking of dinner, you’ll also want to visit Paula Deen’s restaurant The Lady and Sons during your stay in Savannah. Some of the yummy menu items include Peach BBQ Grouper, Savannah Crab Cakes, Shrimp and Grits and more. They also offer a buffet that has a variety of foods: southern fried chicken, baked chicken, riblets, creamed potatoes, gravy, rice, creamed corn, mac and cheese, yams, collard greens, lima beans, green beans, black eyed peas, salad bar, and one complimentary dessert.
Old Savannah Tours, 250 MLK Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401. Hours vary by date, call ahead for times. Admission: Adults $56 and children $34.
The Lady & Sons Restaurant, 102 W Congress St, Savannah, GA 31401. Hours: Monday through Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.